Saturday, 31 December 2016

the ultimate promise - haiku

to go on
the ultimate promise
plant to fallen flower

©Nimi Arora

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Wednesday, 28 December 2016

Kahani - make the brands work...

At BNLF Mumbai (Indiblogger's 'Blog Now Live Forever' event), Christoph Trappe talked about 'authentic storytelling'. It is the story that grabs the attention of the readers and the audience, the story that makes content memorable.

"I work hard, want quick results and deserve success" says 35 year old entrepreneur Alicia.... But her customers don't bother to see her brand the way she sees it. They don't seem to agree that her brand message is worth their time. The result is an obvious downward spiral for Alicia and many like her in varied professions.

Ever wondered why some brands make it big and some fail miserably?
Is it always about the product/ service or is there something more to it ?
Are marketing techniques of the yesterday any bit relevant today ?

Glaring, in-your-face messages are pass√© .... even offensive to your clients/customers. 
'Conventional ways are dead'. An innovative way out is using 'stories' to inflate your brand.  Stories are the power that have changed fortunes of many a politician and country. Stories are the magic that have helped small brands take over giants. Stories are the phenomena that work for ailing, moderate and soaring businesses.

Kahani (story) is a subtle yet aggressively impactful marketing tool that has game changing potential for your brand. It focuses on creating authentic stories (brand or personal); stories that can be embedded in business presentations, marketing collateral, client meetings, VC pitches 
You do know that the ability to create demand for your product/service is a as important as having a product/service. If you want quick results and are ambitious about your goals, Kahani is for you,
It is an interactive talk in workshop format. When you walk out of the session, you will have an incredibly effective tool for direct application to your business/profession. You will know how to stand out of the clutter and influence your consumer through the world of stories. Are you game ?

PS: Kahani is not a session on 'storytelling'. 

Event Registration Link

Official Event Website

Key Inclusions
The Art and Science of Stories
Contrasting Impact 
The DIY process
Pitfalls and Errors
Near Story

Kahani has been a raging hit in MNCs in pan india locations.

About the Speaker: Reety Wadhwa

Speaker by Profession.
Marketeer  by Passion.
Wanderer by Personality.

Reety Wadhwa on NDTV Profit:

 Reety's professional journey commenced in 2007 as a Marketeer with a Times of India group company (Entertainment Network India Limited). Thereafter she spearheaded "brand establishment" for a Corporate Social Responsibility project.
 In 2012, she banished her corporate life in favour of the profession of Speaking and the passion reflects in her highly energized sessions. Today, she is a Professional Speaker par International excellence and has a rich experience of more than 200 talks.
She has been a part of a TV Show "Shameless is Good - India Tour" with NDTV Profit-Prime ( An English Business Channel in India) as the Lead Speaker. Reety is also a Speaker Coach with TedX - Delhi.
 As a professional speaker, she has traveled the length and breadth of India, addressing 1000's of people under her signature programs: "Think Better, Get Smarter" ,"Rock your Stage" and "Shameless is Good". These programs were aimed at helping participants understand the need for brand building and marketeer-ing in today's dynamic world. The purpose was also to motivate them to apply these concepts to their lives to achieve higher and faster success.
 She encourages participants to challenge before accepting, ruffle status quo and revisit the drawing board for professional and personal successes. Many people stuck in professional rut have been able to look beyond obvious and find their individual creative expressions. Some have introduced newer and innovative marketing and brand building ideas in their ventures. Fence sitters, (unable to make decisions) but otherwise ambitions and aspirational people have been able to open the expanse of their minds.  Her sessions have helped many move ahead in their careers and have instilled passion and inspiration in many.
She has a keen interest in the subject of Psychology and in the Evolution of the human species.
She has dabbled with Theater, Fine Arts and Debating as a student while studying Economics. 

She is Cycling enthusiast cum promoter.

Sunday, 25 December 2016

The need for a online shopping options for the groom...

Strolling through Karol Bagh Market with an American friend of mine (who was visiting India for the first time), I was distracted from trying to walk through the crowded street.

"Groom for sale" written boldly in front of a shop was the reason that she had stopped and was now giggling like a school gir
Obviously what was for sale was not a groom but rather clothes and other accessories for one.

Clicking pictures of the sign that promised her a groom, she sighed as if dreaming of finding the man of her dreams while placing.

Once back home, the topic of the 'grooms' took a new turn.
As I drove back home with her, she started talking about the hope that she could find 'grooms' online.

Sitting cozily we explored the site (Manyavar) that would have the trendy wedding wear for men.

The royal Sherwani,

The sophisticated Kurta,

The rich Brooch,

A brooch that looks rich and beautifully so...

The rare safa,
And Pagris that add elan to any clothes that one may be wearing...

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Friday, 16 December 2016

Lingering Melancholy - Tanka

runs its' course

a balance discovered
lingering melancholy

©Nimi Arora

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Wednesday, 2 November 2016

Cover Reveal - Aniesha Brahma's All Signs Lead Back to You

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All Signs Lead Back to You by Aniesha Brahma


As the final bell for the day rang on their last day in school, Diya Rai, had a chill run down her spine. The chill of not knowing what the future holds for her and her high school sweetheart, Ashwin Chowdhury.
So she does a preemptive strike.
She dumps him before he can hurt her.


Two years later, Ashwin and Diya, cross paths. Each holds grudges, feelings and only one half of the story that completes them.
Told from alternating points of view, through a non-linear timeline, this is the story about 
first love, second chances and ALL the SIGNS THAT LEAD BACK TO YOU.

About the Author
Aniesha Brahma is an author who realized her passion for writing at the tender age of six. She also happens to be the social media manager for BEE Books. Her debut novel, The Secret Proposal (2012) was published by General Press and was followed by When Our Worlds Collide (2015) by the same. She blogs at: and runs an online magazine, BUZZ Magazine ( She can be contacted at: She lives in Kolkata with her family and her five super adorable cats! 

Saturday, 22 October 2016

Superhero on home screens - A Flying Jatt

What is it about Superheroes that has captured our imagination of generations?
The possibility of superpowers, the thrill of adventure, the fun of coping with being different, and the struggle with very human emotions.

We, now, have a superhero who is all this and more -
Our Desi Superhero... Flying Jatt!

A Flying Jatt came to our homes on Zee Cinema.

There are so many reasons to be in front of our TV screens to meet and enjoy watching India's first flying Superhero.

Yes, that is a good first reason... that Flying Jatt is India's first flying superhero. He saves the day in the coolest way possible.
Adding to the incredible superpower are the jaw-dropping martial art moves. The fact the Tiger Shroff is the ones doing these moves make them so much better.

Gerard Way said 'Heroes are ordinary people who make themselves extraordinary'... 
But then there is our very own 'Flying Jatt', whose mother inspired him to be extraordinary.
Yes, this Superhero has a Supermom.
Most of the superheroes that we look up to have lost their parents. Flying Jatt has a different story though.
He has a supermom who constantly reminds him of his duties. Seeing him being scolded by his mom is inspiring. And hilarious too.


Flying Jatt dances like a hero too.
Powers+Killer dance moves = Legendary Superhero.
You might be Superman or Batman but one thing our flying Jatt wins at is killer dance moves.
Let's shake our booty on the beat with this superhero.


Krrish and Ra.One have been the desi superheroes that we have loved. 
Flying Jatt is Tiger Shroff's third film. Shah Rukh Khan and Hrithik Roshan played superheroes after a long career. Tiger Shroff is doing it at the age of 26. 
Flying Jatt is a our youngest Superhero.

Jatt Fly Karda... The 'Jatt' part of the title is very important. This is a superhero who believes in his prime religious duty of helping mankind. The first superhero saves the city by incorporating his human and religious sensibilities.

Flying Jatt is one of those superheroes who is not born with his powers but became a superhero by accident.
He has known the life of an ordinary man. And that can make us, ordinary being relate to him better.

As I said before it is hilarious to watch a superhero being scolded by him mother. The punjabi supermom, played by Amrita Singh, has got her priorities clear.
Do your chores before you catch the 'chors'.
Flying Jatt lends a hand in cleaning the house, buying vegetables, and more. He has his beliefs clear - Mother knows best.

Superhero is defined as 'a benevolent fictional character with superhuman powers'.
Superhuman powers do dazzle us, but without consciousness, the powers would make him/her a villain.
Understanding the need of the hour, Flying Jatt is a protector of mother nature and a condemner of pollution. He is a hero with consciousness and believes in protecting the environment.

A superhero who is a child at heart is a rare combination. But that is exactly what our latest desi superhero is. 
He has the superpowers but he also has a  child in him who will touch your hearts.
Flying Jatt's smile has an innocence and friendly charm to it.

A superhero with a difference has no airs about having special powers and is very down to earth and humble. 
He is saving our beloved holy city of Amritsar.

Make time to sit back and relax and get to know this superhero.
He is coming to meet you soon.

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Book Review (Sunanda J. Chatterjee's Fighting For Tara)

Title: Fighting For Tara
Author: Sunanda J. Chatterjee

I was in a classroom, a student of journalism. One of the other students, another female, was lamenting about the problems of being born in a family which was not very welcoming to the idea of an independent, earning daughter.

Go back a couple of classes. Mr. Ramesh Menon, our teacher had narrated an experience of his. In a village in Rajasthan, he had been courteously welcomed into a home. Tired and thirsty, he had asked for water. He was offered some milk instead.
He reiterated that he wanted just water. He was told that there was no water and was offered milk again.
Later he was told by the local person he was traveling with that he had embarrassed the host family by asking for water. Water is scarce and precious. 
The women of the family walked miles for the water.

Back to the class that I started with. Mr. Menon's answer was simple - Think of those women of Rajasthan. Every single day, a large part of their day is spent to get water. What little is left is spent in cooking and taking care of the family.
Be thankful for, or at least accept, what you have, and do your best from that point on.

Mind you, this was years back. So I just remember the gist of this conversation. Not the details and certainly not how Mr. Menon expressed himself.

I thought of this and more as I started reading Fighting for Tara. It is a book that tugs your heartstrings.

My daughter is eleven. At times she would ask me a question that I think she is too young to know the answer to.
What I tell her instead is that, though I can give her an answer, there are certain thoughts I do not want in her head. There are certain things she is too young to ponder or worry over. Let it go for a couple of years.
If she insists, I do give her an answer. Usually, she lets it go.

Hansa, the protagonist of Fighting for Tara is thirteen. She is worried about a dead husband, the man who will be her second husband, the second husband's first wife, and most of all about her daughter.
She is just thirteen, I want to shout.

As I mentioned before the subject and the writing of this book moved me from the very beginning.

The one ray of light is the fact that Hansa is literate. The Rani Sahiba of the village has taught her and Hansa's thoughts reflect her knowledge.
"Somewhere deep in her heart, Hansa knew none of this was fair. It wasn't fair that in a country with a rich heritage of brave queens, where the people had elected a female Prime Minster not long ago, young girls were still forced into marriage, sometimes to men older than their grandfathers. It wasn't fair that a girl child was considered a burden on parents. It wasn't fair that she'd been born to poor parents in rural Rajasthan, a state rife with archaic traditions. It wasn't fair that she had matured early..."

Hansa is in a grave situation, and her life till then has not given her any motivation to be strong or independent.
But now she has been asked to kill her daughter, Tara - an infant that the soon-to-be husband refuses to accept.

Fighting for Tara is an amazing story of Hansa's strength. 

'The combined wisdom of ancestors' - this phrase has been used in this book to describe our customs. Our ancestors clearly didn't know it all. 
As Hansa chooses to defy this wisdom, her thoughts are made me smile...
"Now was the time to walk on a path she made for herself and her baby, to forge her own destiny. Her ancestors would be shocked!"

A couple in America trying to conceive, the harsh truth of the financial troubles of royalty in modern India, the life of immigrants in America, and Tara's struggles to give a good life to her daughter - Fighting for Tara is a multi-faceted story and the author makes you connect to each facet as it is introduced.
Whether you like a character or not, you understand them.

I could analyze that certain twists of this story seem to be almost impossible in reality. As you read it, you feel like 'that's too good to be true'. 
Well, I could analyze it, because I thought so a couple of times while reading this book. 
But I won't. Because I loved this book and I will accept it with these twists.
Also, they do say that 'reality is stranger than fiction'. This book showcases some very grim realities. I would like to believe in the reality of the smiles too.

Fighting for Tara is a story that despite its' sad subject leaves you with hope...
"...what if happiness was a choice? Events weren't inherently happy or sad. It was her reaction to them that determined her state of mind. She could choose to be happy with her circumstances, whatever they may be."

Fighting for Tara is a story that deserves to be read... because it makes you think of the social problems prevalent in our country, yes... but mainly because it is a beautiful, very well-written, emotional story of love and hope.

" is a language that knows no boundaries, no borders. It's universal. It's just the nuances of that language that are sometimes hard to understand."

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The italicized text in quotation marks are quotes from the book.

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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How far will a mother go to save her child?
“I have no use for a baby girl. Get rid of her tonight!” He towered over her as she cringed in fear.
But Hansa, a thirteen-year-old child-bride in rural India, refuses to remain a victim of the oppressive society where a female child is an unwanted burden. Instead of drowning her baby, Hansa escapes from her village with three-month-old Tara.
Hansa soon discovers that life as a teenage mother is fraught with danger. But a single lie opens the door to a promising opportunity far from home.
Just seven years later, Hansa finds herself fighting for Tara’s life once more, this time in an American court, with a woman she calls ‘Mother.’
Will the lie upon which Hansa built her life, defeat its own purpose? How can she succeed when no one believes the truth? 
A story of two mothers, two daughters and a fight to save a child, Fighting for Tara explores the depth of love and motherhood.
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The soft light of the lantern flickered, casting a dim golden glow in the tiny hut, as shadows danced on its windowless mud walls. Thirteen-year-old Hansa squatted on the floor beside a metal bucket and stared at the glimmering water, dreading the task before her. Her baby whimpered on the floor, struggling in the hand-sewn cloth blanket. Beside the door stood the terracotta urn that held the ashes of her husband.
Hansa heard the grating snores of her drunken brother-in-law Baldev, soon to be her husband, as he slept outside on the wood-framed coir cot in the moonless night. She shuddered.
Just an hour ago, Baldev had yelled at her. “I have no use for a baby girl. Get rid of her tonight!” He towered over her as she cringed in fear.
She’d begged him. “I can’t do it!”
That’s when he’d slapped her. No one had ever hit her before… not even her elderly husband.
Hansa touched her cheek, which still stung from the humiliation and fear.
She doubted her courage to extinguish the baby’s life. Squeezing her eyes shut, she took a deep breath, hoping that dawn would bring her luck.
Tomorrow morning Hansa would travel with Baldev and all the goats they could load into his bullock-cart, and leave the village forever. She would go to a distant land, become Baldev’s second wife, learn the household chores from his first wife, and bear him male heirs… Hansa shivered, apprehensive about her future.
But before her new life could begin, she and Baldev would take a detour to the river to disperse her husband’s ashes and discard her beautiful daughter’s body.
Somewhere deep in her heart, Hansa knew none of this was fair. It wasn’t fair that in a country with a rich heritage of brave queens, young girls were still forced into marriage, sometimes to men older than their grandfathers. It wasn’t fair that she’d been born to poor parents in rural Rajasthan, a state rife with archaic traditions. It wasn’t fair that she had matured early and was given to sixty-year old Gyanchand Rathore from the neighboring village of Dharni, whose first wife and child had died in a fire.
She turned her face away from the bucket, her heart refusing to carry out Baldev’s orders just yet. A shiver ran through her body as she tried not to imagine life without her baby. Think of something else! Think about Gyani!
Gyani’s absence filled Hansa with a dark desolation, a sense of doom, as if his death itself was a living, breathing, overbearing entity.
She thought of his kind eyes, his missing teeth and graying beard, the massive orange turban which she’d tied for him every morning, and the long kurta he wore, which never looked clean no matter how many times she washed it…
But Gyani was gone. Two nights ago, his heart had stopped beating in his sleep, while she slept under the same blanket, her baby right beside her. When she awoke at dawn to the rooster’s call, she had found his cold still body. She shuddered to think she had slept with a corpse, oblivious, in the comfort of her own youthful warmth. Her first encounter with death. And if she did as Baldev asked, there would be another. Tonight.
Gyani’s death had stunned her, and grief hadn’t sunk in. She had not wept for his departed soul, and her neighbor warned her that if she didn’t mourn his passing, she would never move on. But did Hansa really want to move on into a future that included Baldev but excluded her baby?
According to the custom of karewa, Hansa knew that a young widow would be married off to her brother-in-law, so that the money remained in the family. Her neighbor had told her it was her kismet, her fate.
Hansa was brought up not to challenge the norms of society, but to follow them. If the combined wisdom of her ancestors had determined that she should move to Baldev’s village and begin a new life, who was she to argue? She had no family left, no other place to go.
Baldev choked on his spit and coughed outside, jarring the stillness of the night, reminding her of the task ahead.
But while it was her duty to follow Baldev’s orders, she would trade the impending task for eternal damnation.
Her neighbor had said that killing a baby was an unforgivable sin, even though she’d herself drowned two of her daughters the day they were born. Women are the form of Goddess, she’d said, crying at the fate of her own rotten soul.
But it was a matter of survival. Produce a male heir or be turned out on the streets to beg. A female child was a burden. Even Hansa knew that; her father had reminded her of that every day of her life.
That prejudice was her reality.
Hansa was terrified for her own soul, but Baldev said, “A mother can’t be a sinner if she takes a life she brought into this world.” And then he had gone and got drunk on tharra.
Gyani had been unlike most men in the village. He had allowed her to keep the baby, to give her a name. The baby’s eyes glittered like stars on a moonless night.
She called her Tara. Star.
Hansa looked at her baby with pride and with remorse, as every fiber of her being protested, and her stomach turned and her throat tightened.
Outside, Baldev stirred.
Time was running out.
Tara whimpered again, and Hansa turned to look at her chubby fists cycling in the still air, throwing outsized shadows on the walls. Hansa’s hands shook and her mouth turned dry. She bit her lip, forcing herself to focus on the imminent task.
The water in the bucket shimmered black and gold, reflecting the dancing flame of the lantern, mesmerizing, inviting. Water, the giver of life…

She made up her mind. It was now or never.

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Freelance author, blogger, and ex-Indian Air Force physician Sunanda Joshi Chatterjee completed her graduate studies in Los Angeles, where she is a practicing pathologist. While medicine is her profession, writing is her passion. When she’s not at the microscope making diagnoses, she loves to write fiction. Her life experiences have taught her that no matter how different people are, their desires, fears, and challenges remain the same.

Her themes include romantic sagas, family dramas, immigrant experience, women’s issues, medicine, and spirituality. She loves extraordinary love stories and heartwarming tales of duty and passion. Her short stories have appeared in and

She grew up in Bhilai, India, and lives in Arcadia, California with her husband and two wonderful children. In her free time, she paints, reads, sings, goes on long walks, and binge-watches TV crime dramas.

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Monday, 17 October 2016

Book Review (Jatin Kuberkar's Cabbing All The Way)

Title: Cabbing All The Way
Author: Jatin Kuberkar

As the title and cover suggest, Jatin Kuberkar's Cabbing all the way is an account of the experience of sharing a cab by a few collegues to commute to their office.

From office politics to appraisal troubles and personal problems to ego issues, this book touches on many subjects that affect the life of the ones trying to find a foothold in the corporate world.

Jatin Kuberkar's narrative reads like a journal with the small details of everyday life dominating it.

It is the introspections that I found especially interesting.

"I don't know why, but of late I was starting to feel that I have in me, two different beings. One of them emotional. It is grounded to its values, it stops me from reacting to situations, it makes me observe the little wonders in everyday life, encourages me to see the brighter side, and sometimes... The other is, as I wish to call it, judgemental. Notorious for furious outbursts, it quickly jumps to conclusions. It is strong-headed, it asks me to be selfish, pessimistic and often teases me with phrases like 'grow up'!"

Journal-style that it is, Cabbing all the way is rather slow and indulges in much trivia.
Cabbing all the way is not a book that keeps you hooked with the plot and the story. It is the characters, their idiosyncrasies, their differences, and the author's style of writing that makes it interesting all the way.

This book is quite a rulebook on how to survive in an office. Certain solutions are a little too easy and simplistic, but they deserve a read.

Based in Hyderabad, the lingo of the place, especially related to food spice up the descriptions, and are aptly explained too through footnotes.

"Sometimes I feel that Hyderabad is the 'Babel City' of the modern times where nobody understands each other. All the areas we travelled through were major traffic junctions. Everyone was in a mad rush. Each traffic signal ended up into another mini traffic jam because no one followed any rules..."

Just as true for Delhi as for Hyderabad, I have to say :P

The author takes his time introducing the readers to each of the characters. And does so with a style...

"If a spoon full of Abhishek Bachchan, a little Hrithik Roshan and a whole lot of Keshto Mukherjee were to be blended together, the end product would be Mohan. Confused, heroic and Kehsto!"

In author's own words he is "lost in wondering and documenting the complexities of human nature."

With the characters evolving through the course of the book, Cabbing all the way is a study in the emotions

Cabbing all the way is the author's celebration of sharing time and experiences, of becoming friends and of letting go...
The author's love for Bollywood, food, Hyderabad and is obvious in his style of writing. 

The premise of the book is rather simple. The wit, the details, and the local touch make it an interesting read.

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The italicized text in quotation marks are quotes from the book.

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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Twelve people agree to an idea of running a shared transport service from a common residential locality to their out-of-civilisation office campus. Twelve different minds with equally diverse personalities gel with each other to fulfill a common need. At first, the members collide on mutual interests, timings, priorities and personal discipline, but in the course of their journey, they become best friends, make long-lasting relationships, mentor and help each other on various mundane matters. The journey goes on fine until one day some members try to dictate terms over the group. The rift widens with each passing day, the tension surmounts and finally all hell breaks loose... Will the journey continue? Fasten your seatbelts for the journey is about to begin...

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Take an ounce full of imagination and a scoop of humor. Mix them well. Now put a few teaspoons of feelings and emotions and simmer until it smells good. Add spices for taste. Put the mixture on the platter of dreams and garnish it with a few peanuts of desires and some herbs of passion – that’s all it takes to be Jatin Kuberkar. Jatin is a software engineer by day and a passionate writer by night. When not tangled in software codes, Jatin likes to express his inspirations in the form of poetry, short stories, novels, and essays.

He lives in Hyderabad and adorns polymorphic forms in his personal life as a son, a husband, a father, a friend, a mentor, an observer, a critic and the list goes on… He is an ardent lover of Hyderabadi biryani and is a worshipper of chaai. If granted a boon, Jatin would love to learn magic from Hogwarts and fly around on a broom stick. 

Jatin is the author of two other books. Rainbow Dreams, a collection of poetry and While I Was Waiting, a collection of short stories. This is Jatin’s third book.

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Book Review (Sutapa Basu's Dangle)

Title: Dangle
Author: Sutapa Basu

Sutapa Basu's Dangle is the story of Ipshita - an independent, successful, and confident woman. She is a travel show host, traveling abroad alone. That is the first impression.

Things are usually not what they seem to be. I could never understand the whole 'first impression being the last one' belief anyway.

Soon after I found yourself questioning this perception.

There seems to be some fear in her. Is it some past experience that is haunting her, I wondered.

Another important person in this story is Adi, an understanding, dependable, almost permanent fixture in Ipshita's life.

The story of these two is not a usual one. There are many layers to the past of each of the characters of Dangle.
Ipshita's struggles and the reasons behind them form the core of this book.

The story of Dangle moves from Chicago to Delhi to Manipur to Singapore.

Dangle has details of all these places and since it is written from Ipshita's point of view, she compares each of these places to her hometown, Delhi.

Surprisingly (and credit to the author for it) that this doesn't feel verbose or boring.

I especially enjoyed reading about Manipur - its' beauty, its' political instability, and the way the author analyses the two.

"Life hung on such a delicate thread! One yank and everything could go up in smoke; the identity of the victims be damned! This is the real dangle!"

Ipshita goes through life evaluating it. Seeing contradictions and changes. Seeing 'dangles'. 
Too many? Maybe. But I didn't mind them. Sensitivity (or over-sensitivity) does that to a person, I guess.

The thing is that pretty soon I guessed what was actually going on. Not that it mattered because there is much more to the story, but I would have preferred if I hadn't known. My bad, though... I just knew.

Ipshita's character is not one I can relate to. The story of Dangle is interesting, but as I said, I guessed part of what was going on.

For me, it is the writing that kept me hooked from the first sentence to the last. 
Every thought, every experience, every emotion is finely expressed by Sutapa Basu.

The intensity of Sutapa Basu's writing is such that you feel you live in the characters' head.

Another highlight in this book is the details of the life in the Army. The little details of both the comforts and the risk that an Army man experiences are woven into the story.

The title Dangle gets many interpretations through the philosophical thoughts of Ipshita.

"Life is always a dangle! Between now or never; between this and that; between being and not being; Life is how you see it, do it, take it."

"Life is a dangle... Yes, in a limbo between kindness and heartlessness..."

I did feel that the dangle angle was mentioned a little too often. But the premise behind the title is very good and the author usually creates a situation where the 'dangle' makes you ponder.

"She was alone but not lonely. That was the dangle!"

"Serenity can be a treacherous dangle!"

"...she balanced anger, bitterness and revenge against filial love and loyalty."

There is a lingering darkness, a mystery in Dangle that keeps you hooked.

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The italicized text in quotation marks are quotes from the book.

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.



Stunning, svelte, smart Ipshita is a globetrotter. She treks across the world to gather bytes for the travel chats she designs and hosts for TV channels. Despite being a self assured and sophisticated entrepreneur, Ipshita is haunted by a nameless fear. Social interaction with men unleashes psychotic turmoil inside her, making her wary of male attention. Yet, the cold and aloof Ips is inexorably drawn to the three men she meets at different points in her journey. 

Her arousal to the overtures of these men catches her unawares. Well-built defenses break as her dormant sexuality goes into overdrive until she discovers the horrifying truth about them…and herself. 

Life puzzles. Secrets tumble out. Will she be able to reclaim her life or let it dangle?

Read an excerpt from Dangle
  The lilt of a flute fills half shadows. Emerald green silk unfurls to lavender hills. Mist gives way to a golden spectacle. Thickly embroidered into flowing waters are hundreds of lotuses. Sunlight dazzles on ruby, sapphire, turquoise, and amethyst that reluctantly open their layers to reveal honeyed hearts. The humming of multitudes of bees reverberates in the room. Intoxicated by the sun-drenched perfume of blossoms, they weave in and out of the pattern. Sheer colours daze the senses. Drumbeats intrude softly, only to rise to a crescendo.
Another shape enters the frame. Hazy at first, the outlines darken gradually. It is an empty square etched in bold strokes holding within it diagonally a metallic piece curved to the bent of an index finger. The lens zoom out.  The shape takes definition. It is  the trigger of a snub-nosed AK-47. The drums fall silent.
Everybody holds their breath. There is a thud and the face of Beauty is blotted with a gun stamped on it. There is a collective gasp. The screen stills. Strobes pick out a small crowd, including cameras on cantilever arms. Each person in the room is mesmerized…nobody can look away.

Giving a couple of seconds for the impact to sink in, the focus beams on Ipshita, the host. She begins the chat. Microphones pick up frequencies of her voice, enhancing its soft huskiness. Statistics and logistics start appearing on two screens flanking the bigger screen on which images are projected. She proceeds as visions of  paddy fields, streets of Imphal, slim girls in phaneks with long raven-black hair flying, fishermen casting bait, rowing boats, sitting still as rocks for fish to bite fill the screen behind her. She goes on to the fascinating scenes of Loktak, the floating islands, the fisherman’s hut and through her words she builds up a metaphor. It is of Manipur, a dainty nymph struggling to escape rape by Mars, the god of war. She is crushed, yet nothing erodes her indomitable spirit. 

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About the Author

An author, poet and publishing consultant, Sutapa Basu also dabbles in art and trains trainers and is a compulsive bookworm. During a thirty-year old professional career as teacher, editor, and publisher, she travelled the Indian subcontinent, Nepal and Bhutan. She has visited UK, USA, Dubai and Singapore while working with Oxford University Press, India and Encyclop√¶dia Britannica, South Asia until 2013 when she decided to start writing seriously. 

Sutapa is an Honours scholar from Tagore’s Visva-Bharti University, Santiniketan and holds a teaching as well as a masters degree in English Literature. 

As a publisher, Sutapa has developed and published around 400 books. Recently, her short story was awarded the First Prize in the Times of India’s nation-wide WriteIndia Contest, under author, Amish Tripathi. 

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